Rated 3.5 out of 5Â by 13
Rated 3 out of 5 Good light, but the mounting clips are TERRIBLE
Lights are well built and wiring is a breeze (lots of room in the box, plus you don't need marettes/wire nuts because of the quick connect system). But ...
as others have noted, the clips that secure the can to the drywall are ridiculously difficult to lock. I've put in 20 - 30 halogen lights in a few rooms over the years and never had a problem, but these Halo cans are a different story. You really have to make sure you press the puddy-like foam that surrounds the inner lip of the can down as flat as possible, and also make sure that there is nothing interfering with the bottom of the clips. After that, it's just a matter of using ALL of your strength / a hammer/ etc. to push the tops of the clips in as far as they will go, and then use a screwdriver to push the bottom of the clips up in order to lock the clips. You will need a lot of patience and all of your favourite swear words to make this work.
Very frustrating, because surely Halo could have designed a better clip.
Would have rated it a 4 or 5, but installation difficulties make it a low 3.
September 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ansh Very Happy with the lights
I removed the old 4'X8' light box with fluorescent tube lights in our kitchen and replaced it with 6 Halo 4" recessed lights. The installation of the lights was not difficult. I would recommend practicing connections and clips one time before installation while it's still on the ground. Things seem order of magnitude harder when you are working on the ceiling with your neck bent backwards. The trick with clips is; push firmly flat from inside towards the housing and then push up with a flat head screw driver; very easy once you get the hang of it.
November 9, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Anicca Proprietary LED connector
First of all, the picture was wrong for this model (as of this writing).. Anyway, I was looking for a 4" IC remodel housing and this is the only IC-rated I could find. Unfortunately, it comes with the Halo's proprietary LED connector, which locks you into very few light trim and bulb choices. There are only two type of light bulb/integrated trim kits that could fit into this type of housing: one from Halo and one from Commercial Electric. Both of these trim kits are at 3000K and so I was out-of-luck looking for 2700K soft light trim kit :(. The worse part is none of these two fits well with this housing. The lips of the the trims from both kits would not completely cover and hide the housing lip and so you would see a gap between the ceiling and the trim. The Commercial Electric kit is the worse offender. After much time debating of what to do (aside from yanking these housing out and replace them with 5" IC housing, which uses standard Edison base that I previously had good experience with), I found a workable solution: using the EcoSmart 2700K 4" LED downlight (Model # ECO4-575L). The EcoSmart downlight is well built, gives out beautiful 2700K soft light, and its lip fit well with the housing and flushes against the ceiling. Since its uses the standard Edison base, I had to cut off and throw away the LED connector at the housing and replace it with a Edison lamp socket (which you can get for a few bucks from both HD and Lowe's). I am now a happy camper.. but do NOT get this housing, or any other LED housing from Halo that uses proprietary LED connector unless you are absolutely sure you can find a light trim kit that works.
January 30, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by DIYLEDLites Ceiling Canister replacement with LED Remodel
Was easy to install. Liked the wire connectors in the wiring box. The mounting clips are a bit tricky to get to hold without biting into the sheetrock. Make sure you have plenty of slack conduit wire as you add some length due to the housing arm.
August 27, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Igetit Very difficult to install the first time in 5/8" drywall.
The cans are well built and the electrical connections really good, but the clips are a real pain. Ended up finally finding a tip on the internet, and basically pushed the can up to the drywall, flattened the clip to the side on the can as much as possible and then used a screwdriver and a hammer to pound the clips into place.
Worked like a charm.
January 14, 2013